Transportation in Athens
is inexpensive. A subway & metro system links the city with Piraeus,
suburbs and downtown Athens. The ticket fare is 250 drs. Bus runs regularly
all over the city. The fare is 150 drs
Athens Subway & metro
Located 27km northeastern of
Athens, the new Athens International Airport, is accessible via
Attiki Odos, a six-lane motorway constituting the Athens City Ring Road.
Public transport is provided by express airport bus connections with Athens
center and the port of Piraeus on a 24 h basis, ensuring efficient transport
of air travelers and facilitating linkage to key tourist attractions.
Future developments such
as the Suburban Rail, to be completed in 2003, in combination with the
existing sections and the extensions under construction of the Attica Metro
network will further improve airport access and enhance intermodality.
There are three bus itinereries
dedicated to carry passengers to and from the airport:
For Express Lines E94-E95-E96,
the ticket costs 1.000 GRD (Euro 2.93) and is valid for 24 hours on all
public transport means (buses, trolley-buses and metro).
Line E94 connects the Ethniki
Amina Metro Station with the Airport. Passengers can transfer from the
Metro line to the Airport Bus at this departure point.
Line E 95 Syntagma Square -
Airport Express has its departure point at the center of Athens (Syntagma
Square) and via Vas. Sofias Avenue, Mesogion Avenue and Attiki Odos terminates
at the airport.
Line E96 Pireaus - Airport Express
starts from the center of Pireaus (Karaiskaki Square) and via Posidonos
Avenue, Varis-Varkizas, and Varis-Koropiou Roads terminates at the airport.
In Athens, a car is more
trouble than convenience. The traffic is heavy and finding a parking place
is so difficult that once, in desperation, we drove to the airport, left
the car in the long-term parking lot there, and took a cab back into town.
If you want to drive outside
Athens, there are plenty of rental agencies south of Syntagma Square
It's rumored that there
are more than 15,000 taxis in Athens, but finding one empty is almost never
easy. Especially if you have travel connections to make, it's a good idea
to reserve a radio taxi (see below). When you get into a taxi, check to
see that the meter is turned on and set on "1" rather than "2"; the meter
should be set on "2" (double fare) only between midnight and 5am, or if
you take a taxi outside the city limits (if you plan to do this, try to
negotiate a flat rate in advance).
There are about 15 radio
taxi companies in Athens; as their phone numbers often change, it's worth
checking the daily listing in "Your Guide" in the Athens News. Some established
companies include Athina (tel. 210/921-7942), Express (tel. 210/993-4812),
Parthenon (tel. 210/581-4711), and Piraeus (tel. 210/418-2333-5).
Your hotel can make the call for you and make sure that the driver knows
where you want to go. Most restaurants will call a taxi for you without
Since most of what you want
to see and do in Athens is in the city center, it's easy to do most of
your sightseeing on foot. Fortunately, Athens has created pedestrian zones
in sections of the Commercial Triangle (the area bounded by Omonia, Syntagma,
and Monastiraki squares), the Plaka, and Kolonaki, making strolling, window-shopping,
and sightseeing infinitely more pleasant.